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Tuesday September 18th, 2012

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Woodgrain Tea Cup

Try as I might, I just can’t make myself a tea lover. I enjoy a giant glass of iced tea like any good southerner, but when it comes to hot tea, I just can’t seem to find my groove. But I’ve decided that doesn’t mean I can’t still use tea accessories for other purposes. I’ve…

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Sunday September 16th, 2012

Friday September 14th, 2012

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weekly wrap up + paula greif

Earlier this week, I was walking down Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg and came upon one of my favorite “never been inside” shops, Beautiful Dreamers. For some strange reason, every time I walked by the shop this summer it was closed or the shopkeeper was out for a moment. My spectacularly bad timing left me drooling…

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Wednesday September 5th, 2012

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captain smith tiles from grow house grow

I love it when designers move from one medium to another. When I heard about Katie Deedy from Grow House Grow’s expansion into ceramic tiles, I knew they would be beautiful, and after seeing them in person, I was even more impressed. Katie’s latest tile design is a continuation of her Captain Smith pattern, inspired…

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Tuesday August 14th, 2012

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beetle & flor

I’m always looking for an excuse to bring new planters into my home. And when they’re geometric, I barely even need an excuse — I can’t resist them. These modular planters from Beetle & Flor in Brooklyn are made of hand-cast terracotta and would work really well for small kitchen herbs. You can combine them…

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Friday August 10th, 2012

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dawn vachon

Stacy at Leif always posts the most beautiful ceramics. And as an obsessive collector of that medium, I’m a devoted fan of her suggestions. These pieces are from ceramicist Dawn Vachon. I love the color palette Dawn works with and the way she showcases texture without overshadowing the forms. The pink dipped pieces above are…

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Wednesday August 8th, 2012

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big dot by matt merkel-hess

It’s pretty much impossible for me to turn down a good polka-dotted object. Whether it’s something to wear, hold or display, if it’s covered in dots (especially larger scale dots), I covet it. These stunning metallic glaze jugs and bowls are by Matt Merkel-Hess, whose glazed bricks I wrote about yesterday. Part of his Merkelware…

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Monday August 6th, 2012

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glaze drip dish

Someone please alert the “tiny vessels obsession” portion of my brain that it needs to brace for impact. I have a new tiny bowl to lust after, and it has the most beautiful little drops of olive green glaze over a salmon-colored main glaze. This piece at Leif would be great for all sorts of…

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Friday August 3rd, 2012

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our workshop

Remember the animals I mentioned in the last post? They get me every time. This sweet new range of kitchenware is from the team at Our WorkShop. “Bliss in the Woods” includes a tray, teapot, jugs, mugs, storage containers, measuring spoons, salt & pepper shakers, bowls and cutting boards. The owl spaghetti container and bluebell tray…

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Monday July 30th, 2012

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boulder cup set

This weekend I was walking around the MoMA design store and had to stop myself from collecting more teacups and oddly sized soup bowls. For some reason, if a vessel is small, ceramic and fits in my hand, I immediately want it. A great example is these gorgeous faceted cups at Leif. Each set of…

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Wednesday July 11th, 2012

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more from ben fiess

I’m officially obsessed (obsessed!) with these amazing ceramic vessels from Ben Fiess. I wrote about them when they first popped up at Leif and was so happy when Ben agreed to be interviewed for our Toolbox column. His fantastic interview is coming up at 12 today, so it seemed only fitting to post two of…

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Friday July 6th, 2012

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l&m studio

I know that I was supposed to let go of the wood grain trend a long time ago, but every now and then it grabs me again. These sweet ceramic wood grain pieces from L&M Studio would be so pretty for a summer get together. The wood grain cheeseboard above is my favorite, but the birdhouse…

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Wednesday June 20th, 2012

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new: plates from alyson fox

I’m a huge Alyson Fox fan, so I’m always excited for a sneak peek of what she’s got coming up. This new dinnerware collection is called White Noise and is part of a collaboration with Ink Dish. The plates and bowls have a subtle geometric print that was designed to “not compete with the food”…

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Tuesday June 19th, 2012

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daina platais

Daina Platais is a product designer and ceramicist based in Brooklyn who recently took a sabbatical to travel to Nicaragua and follow her dream. Working with local craftspeople, Daina has been learning about traditional Nicaraguan art and design and has already created a few pieces inspired by her time there. The collection won’t be out…

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Wednesday May 23rd, 2012

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ben fiess jars

Before I dive back into trade show coverage today, I had to share these incredible ceramic vessels from artist Ben Fiess. They are quite possibly the most beautiful vessels I’ve seen in years. Ben’s designs are made with a four-part construction that uses two cork plugs and a contrasting rubber band to close the jar….

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Tuesday May 15th, 2012

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dahlhaus

Heather Braun-Dahl creates beautiful ceramics. I coveted some of her work at Anthropologie this year and was excited to see her newest work. I love the geometric detailing and the cute video Heather launched with the collection. It’s always nice to see the process and the person behind the work. Click here to check out…

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Friday May 11th, 2012

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ceramics by tuesday bassen

I’m a big Tuesday Bassen fan, not just because she gave my little rescue kitten an excellent home, but because her work always makes me smile. My cat Turk eats his food off one of Tuesday’s ceramic plates, so I was thrilled to see her new show with Buy Some Damn Art online this week….

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Monday May 7th, 2012

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new: grow house grow

One of the best things about the Biz Ladies lunches we have in our office every week is getting to meet so many of the talented artists behind my favorite work. I’ve been a fan of Katie Deedy’s wallpaper at Grow House Grow since her debut back at Bklyn Designs, but it was especially nice…

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Thursday May 3rd, 2012

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sparrow & co mustard line

I’m completely split when it comes to mustard. As a condiment, I am firmly in the “no, thank you” camp. But when it comes to decorating, I’m almost always on the “yes, please” team (although I can’t wear the color to save my life). These new hand-thrown and painted porcelain pieces at Sparrow & Co…

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Thursday April 26th, 2012

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oui ceramic soy candles

I love the colorful ceramic pieces that Angela Hodgkinson at OUI ceramics produces. I fell for her ceramic garlands last fall and am really digging these new candles and vessels with speckled glazes. Angela’s ceramic vessels come in six colors, ranging from deep red and pinks to watery blue greens. The teacup-sized vessels come with…

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